Sun: Full to light shade

Moisture: Medium-wet to wet

Height: 4'

Bloom Time: September, October

Bloom Color: Sulphur yellow

Genotype: Superior Township, Washtenaw County.

Indigenous interactions: Several native peoples that include the Cherokee, Menominee, and the Meskwaki used the dried flowers of this plant as a snuff to induce sneezing, among other uses (Moerman, 1998).


Sneezeweed produces an attractive sulphur-yellow flower consisting of a central disc or ball ringed by triangular, edge-notched petals. Though the winsome flowers make Sneezeweed a YNPN favorite, the plant can become unkempt later in the season, so position it in a back-yard spot. A good rain-garden candidate. 

Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed)